We are Dentons. The world’s largest law firm. We’re the lightbulb moments. The bold ideas. The international deals. We’re 11,000+ lawyers globally, 800+ in the UK and 40+ trainees a year. We’re a truly global, polycentric firm.
Working across 190+ locations, our work spans 77 countries, with our lawyers speaking over 80 languages. Our award wins in 2021 highlight our recognition in the market, and the quality of work trainees are involved in.
Trainees are able to choose from a wealth of seats, to work with experts across our trainee practice areas: banking and finance, competition, corporate, dispute resolution, ETI (energy, transport and infrastructure), private client, PRM (people, reward and mobility), real estate, tax and TMT (technology, media and telecommunications).
Work is also about more than work here. It's about the environment too, and the feeling you get from your team, office and beyond. Our teams are also focused on inclusion and diversity, giving back, and on looking forward with innovation.
Type of trainee
There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ trainee or apprentice at Dentons and that’s the way we like it. Our expertise within the Firm are as diverse as the needs of our global clients. What we have in common is the ability to contribute to our growing success.
Trainees - You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of ABB at A-Level (or equivalent) to be considered.
Apprentices - We do need to see a strong record of academic and extra-curricular achievement. We’re looking for 7 GCSEs at grade 6 or above (including Maths and English) and ABB at A-Level.
We do look at every form received, and take extenuating circumstances into account for grades that do not meet our requirements. We have also implemented the Rare Recruitment Contextual Recruitment System, to give us additional context to every candidate’s application.
The business of law is changing, and we want you to be right there with it. To take us from largest to leading, we're looking for our trainees to think big and see the future of law in a new way.
On top of our existing development program, our market leading training contract includes three new modules: legal project management, innovation and resilience. All designed to help you become the lawyer of the future.
Our training contracts consist of four six-month seats, where along with seats in our practice groups, trainees have the opportunity to work in one of our global offices, or directly with one of our clients over a six-month secondment.
The modernised training contract marks the first stage in your journey from lawyer to leader. The lawyers of the future start here.
Deciding where to start your career is a big decision. Balance real work with training and networking on our schemes to see what your career at Dentons could look like. Our two week scheme will give you, and us, an insight into whether we’re a good match.
By attending our Vacation Scheme, you'll automatically be assessed for our Training Contract. This could be the start of something much bigger.
- Spring (London only) – 28th March 2022
- Summer (London, Milton Keynes, Glasgow & Edinburgh) – 4th July 2022
Want to get a feel for what a legal career with us is really like? Our vacation schemes balance real work with training and networking, to give you a holistic view of Dentons and an insight into our way of life.
Locations: London, Milton Keynes and Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow)
University isn’t for everyone. Don’t let anyone tell you it is. If you want to train to become a solicitor, you just need a spot on the Dentons' apprenticeship scheme. You’ll start working towards your LLB university degree alongside your day job. No student debt. No eye-watering loans. Just an opportunity to learn and build your career. The six-year programme combines eight seats of work-based learning and part-time study with BPP University.
Locations: London and Milton Keynes
Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing
Inclusion and Diversity at Dentons is sponsored by our CEO, Paul Jarvis, and shaped by our people and diversity networks: Inspire (Gender Equality), Black Professionals Network, GLOW (LGBT+), Fusion (Asian Professionals Network) and our Parents and Carers Network.
Experience Dentons is an innovative new virtual work experience program, designed to give you an insight into life as a commercial solicitor at the world’s largest law firm.
Experience Dentons starts by providing an introduction to law, the commercial world and to Dentons as a firm. Then, as you progress through the program, you will complete work related to each of our key practice areas, honing both your technical and commercial skills. By the end of Experience Dentons you will have completed a range of meaningful activities, gained insight to insider information from Dentons and will receive a certificate to help boost your LinkedIn profile and CV.
By taking part in the program you’ll also unlock a space on our quarterly live insight events, where you’ll network with our teams and have the chance to find out more about our student opportunities and how to apply. This could be the start of something much bigger.
Now to Next Scholarship
The Now to Next Scholarship is a national student scholarship scheme for students of BME Black and Minority ethnic, or Mixed African or Caribbean background. Each year, students across the UK will be provided with a scholarship of £2,500 per annum during their three year UK undergraduate law degree. As well as the financial award, the students will also receive additional support with a guaranteed place on virtual insight events and mentoring.
Applications open 1st March 2022 – 3 May 2022.